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By Stephanie Shapiro and Stephanie Shapiro,Evening Sun Staff | December 29, 1990
When Jukebox Live breaks into "Shake, Rattle and Roll" on a boisterous New Year's Eve, the real world fades away. That, in itself, is ample reward for a musician. Take it from Lou Bell, the band's 44-year-old lead singer and keyboard player."Probably to any musician, it's the biggest night of the year. The best night of the year. It's the party time, where people -- no matter what is going on all year -- have a good time," Bell says.It is a New Year's Eve band's solemn responsibility to usher revelers from one year to the next with ritualistic, soul-cleansing abandon.
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | January 15, 2013
The death of Aaliyah Boyer, a 10-year-old struck down in Cecil County, and the shooting of Laurie Eberhardt, a grandmother hit by gunfire in Florida, share the same perplexing challenge for prosecutors and investigators. Both were watching fireworks on New Year's Eve when they were hit by apparent celebratory gunfire. And both face long odds of having their shooters brought to justice because of the anonymity of the crime and weak laws against firing guns indiscriminately into the air. If authorities ever find the person who fired the shot that hit Aaliyah, the county's top prosecutor said, a misdemeanor charge might be the most he or she could face.
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | January 3, 2013
Aaliyah Boyer had hoped to watch the New Year's ball drop on TV, but when she learned she had missed the stroke of midnight by 32 seconds, she returned to the front yard with her friends to watch her neighbors light fireworks. Nearby, someone apparently fired a gun into the air to add to the celebration. Amid the jubilation, the 10-year-old fell to the ground, the warmth and color draining from her body after she was hit by a falling bullet. Her family initially thought that she had fainted, but the wound would prove fatal.
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | January 3, 2013
Aaliyah Boyer had hoped to watch the New Year's ball drop on TV, but when she learned she had missed the stroke of midnight by 32 seconds, she returned to the front yard with her friends to watch her neighbors light fireworks. Nearby, someone apparently fired a gun into the air to add to the celebration. Amid the jubilation, the 10-year-old fell to the ground, the warmth and color draining from her body after she was hit by a falling bullet. Her family initially thought that she had fainted, but the wound would prove fatal.
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October 4, 2011
With New Year's Eve just a month away, we asked our staff about the pros and cons of the night. Here's what they had to say. •••• Best: There's almost always an awesome party to attend. Worst: There's yet another night that Ryan Seacrest is on TV.  Luke Broadwater, reporter, The Baltimore Sun •••• Worst is hats. And drunk people. Best is drunken people in hats.  Anne Tallent, editor,  b •••• Best: Getting to use a new calendar.
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By Scott Calvert and Scott Calvert,scott.calvert@baltsun.com | January 4, 2009
A private chef in Washington had ordered 200 for his "very exclusive" New Year's Eve party. A California transplant living in Baltimore wanted a variety pack of 30 for her own year-end shindig. And a Mexican immigrant, acting out a near-daily ritual, said she'd be buying three of the $1.75 treats, one for now and two for later. It's always tamale time at Michelle's Cafe in Fells Point, but on Wednesday, as throughout this holiday season, the cornmeal concoctions were practically flying out of the steamer.
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By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,Sun Staff | December 23, 1999
There is one sure bet about Y2K -- it is costing a fortune.Exterminating the Y2K bug from the nation's private and government computers between 1995 and 2001 is expected to cost $100 billion, according to a Commerce Department estimate.Costs to the federal government are expected to reach $8.4 billion, and state budget analysts put Maryland's tab at $150 million.The cost might translate into higher taxes, electric bills, hospital rates and phone bills and increased fees for the services of bankers, investment brokers and other computer-oriented businesses.
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By Rob Hiaasen and Rob Hiaasen,SUN STAFF | December 23, 1998
New Year's Eve, 1997.Why don't you stay home tonight? Cassandra Fair asked her husband. Since their marriage in 1994, Cassandra and Aaron Tracey Fair had brought in the new year together.But Tracey, as everybody called him, wanted to go out with friends. Maybe go play video games at somebody's house. Tracey was a security guard for Johns Hopkins Hospital, was in the U.S. Army Reserves, was a husband and a father of two children -- but he still could be a kid. Still played tackle football with the guys, volunteered as a mentor at the Lafayette Square Community Center, still played video games.
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By Liz F. Kay and Liz F. Kay,Sun reporter | December 31, 2006
As 2006 draws to a close, revelers will gasp at the Inner Harbor fireworks, and partygoers will raise their glasses to toast the new year. But at churches around the city and across the country, many will mark the hour in a different way: by approaching the altar and dropping to their knees at Watch Night services. "You start off with giving [God] the first part of the year," said Bishop Kevia F. Elliott, pastor of The Lord's Church in Pimlico, who expects more than 600 congregants and friends to gather for music, testimony and preaching past midnight.
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By Hanah Cho and Hanah Cho,Sun Columnist | November 29, 2006
If you were like me, you waited a little too long to ask for time off on days surrounding the holidays. Most workers like myself want the extra time off to travel, celebrate and spend time with family and friends. Next year, though, more workers may not have to scramble for the time off. A growing number of employers plan to provide extra holiday days off in 2007, according to a new survey by the Society for Human Resource Management. In many cases, the calendar is helping to provide the extra time.
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January 2, 2013
A Belcamp teenager died early New Year's Day after being injured in a crash on Bush Chapel Road in Aberdeen shortly before New Year's Eve became 2013, the Harford County Sheriff's Office reported. At 11:21 p.m. Dec. 31, Harford County sheriff's deputies responded to the 300 block of Bush Chapel Road in Aberdeen for a report of a motor vehicle collision with entrapment. The sheriff's office investigation revealed that Austin D. Remines, 17, of the 1200 block of Person Place in Belcamp, was driving a 2008 Suzuki Forenza on Bush Chapel Road near the intersection of Mt. Calvary Church Road.
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January 1, 2013
On a near perfect New Year's Eve night, Havre de Grace welcomed 2013 with its 14th annual Duck Drop and fireworks. With temperatures in the low 30s and nary a breeze to disturb the stillness of the evening, hundreds descended on the area around the Havre de Grace Middle School and countless others watched from vantage points elsewhere in the city in anticipation of the Duck Drop. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Hose Co., whose members in recent years have added the city's holiday defining reverie to its boundless community service, the duck was hoisted atop one of the company's trucks with its apparatus fully extended high above the school grounds.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | December 31, 2012
This year ends with a seasonable day in Baltimore, with a highs in the mid 40s and cloudy skies. Monday is expected to start near freezing, with lows in the lower 30s. Normal temperatures this time of year are a high around 42 and a low around 25. Clouds are expected to move in throughout the day, with southwest winds shifting to westerly winds of about 10-15 mph. With the wind chill, temperatures will feel in the upper 20s in the morning and...
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By Kevin Rector and Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | December 31, 2012
Thousands of people streamed into Baltimore's Inner Harbor on New Year's Eve night to welcome 2013 with a bang of fireworks expected at midnight — a tradition for some and a new experience for others — as police scanned the crowds for threats. Steve and Lori Foster, along with their twin 12-year-old sons, Luke and Dylan, traveled from Newark, Del., for their first New Year's Eve in the city. "Somebody told us they have a really nice event down here, so we decided to come check it out," Steve said.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | December 31, 2012
Although the program's suspension was announced in July, AAA Mid-Atlantic would like to remind Marylanders that the free Tipsy?Taxi! service will not run this New Year's Eve, says Public and Government Affairs Manager Ragina C. Averella. The last Tipsy?Taxi! service provided in Maryland was for July 4 of this year. The service was established in 2006, and it gave free taxi rides during popular holidays known for their partying. Averella says one of the main reasons for the suspension was lack of funding.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | December 31, 2012
I can get pretty sentimental on the last day of the year, and I thought some of you might be the same. So here's a little sentiment for New Year's Eve, courtesy of Johann Strauss' "Die Fledermaus. " There is a wonderful moment in Act 2 when all of the mirth and slapstick of the operetta gives way to something gentle and, I think, quite genuine. This number, "Brüderlein und Schwesterlein," sends a message that boils down to: Let's all promise to get along tomorrow after having so much fun tonight -- a message perfect for a New Year's Eve toast.
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By Sylvia Badger and Sylvia Badger,SUN COLUMNIST | December 21, 1997
What are you doing New Year's Eve? There's still time to dust off your glad rags and plan an evening of dinner and dancing at one of the following hotels and catering halls. Don't wait to make reservations; at places serving seated dinners, the best time slots are sure to be taken early.Ashtin Golt will be banging out Top 40 hits at Martin's West, 6817 Dogwood Road, Woodlawn. The gala runs from 9: 30 p.m. to 2: 30 a.m. Buffet, open bar, champagne toast and party favors. $65 for parties of 10 or more; $68 otherwise.
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | January 15, 2013
The death of Aaliyah Boyer, a 10-year-old struck down in Cecil County, and the shooting of Laurie Eberhardt, a grandmother hit by gunfire in Florida, share the same perplexing challenge for prosecutors and investigators. Both were watching fireworks on New Year's Eve when they were hit by apparent celebratory gunfire. And both face long odds of having their shooters brought to justice because of the anonymity of the crime and weak laws against firing guns indiscriminately into the air. If authorities ever find the person who fired the shot that hit Aaliyah, the county's top prosecutor said, a misdemeanor charge might be the most he or she could face.
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Patrick Maynard and The Baltimore Sun | December 28, 2012
Why is “Trouble Maker,” a K-pop song that's been around for a year, suddenly getting worldwide Twitter love? I blame end-of-year lists and an upcoming awards ceremony. On a less global scale, residents along the East Coast continue to be curious about this weekend's weather, and Maryland residents are getting antsy about whether Congress will manage to avoid the fiscal cliff. Additionally, there's national attention focused on what lawmakers decide to do regarding guns. Finally, a member of Australia's Janoskians has given opinions on his favorite foods.
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By Zach Sparks, The Baltimore Sun | December 20, 2012
New York City Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest More than 35 years of tradition make New Year's Rockin' Eve one of America's most popular festivities. Taylor Swift, Carly Rae Jepsen, Psy and Neon Trees will greet the new year live from Times Square. The West Coast show will feature Justin Bieber, Jason Aldean, Greyson Chance, Ellie Goulding and The Wanted. In remembrance of Dick Clark, who dies this year, Fergie and Jenny McCarthy will host a special two-hour look back at the life of the television personality.
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